Classics Club Meme Question

Friday, February 6, 2015

What about modern classics? Pick a book published since 2000 and say why you think it will be considered as a “classic” in the future. 

I didn’t even have to pause with this one. The Book Thief immediately popped into my mind. The book, published in Australia in 2005 and worldwide in 2006, is one of my favorites. It’s unique because it’s narrated by Death, but it deals with universal themes. 


It’s set during World War II and tells the story of a young orphaned girl, her foster family, and their small German town. I think it’s one that will stand the test of time because at this point I’ve seen it presented in so many different ways. Though the book is the absolute best, I’ve now seen it as both a movie and a play as well. I’ve read it, re-read it, listened to the audio version and each time it gets better and I notice something new. 


I think the thing that truly makes a classic a "classic" is that it's relevant to new generations and has something new to say to them. There’s no way to know for sure, but I think that in 50 years people will still be discovering this one for the first time and falling in love with the story.

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17 comments:

Brona Joy said...

I suspect this one will feature a few times! You basically wrote my response to this question :-)

Ellie said...

I still need to read this - it's actually on my Classics Club list - but even without having read it I completely agree with you.

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Brona - I love that book so much!

Ellie - Too funny. I add all the reviews to the Classics Club site and I haven't seen this one pop up yet!

bkclubcare said...

I won't disagree! The Book Thief if one of my top 5 books ever.

bkclubcare said...

PS A question - do you monitor the comments at the Classics Club site? My comment is still sitting in the hold, I think... Thanks!

o said...

I love that book! Definitely a future classic :)

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Bkclubcare - I don't, I post all submitted reviews and new members. But I'll look into it on Monday and see if I can make sure it's posted!

O - I do too!

Lois Johnson said...

I chose The Book Thief as well for this meme question. :)
http://youmeandacupofteablog.blogspot.com/2015/02/classics-club-meme-modern-classics.html

Trisha said...

Absolutely great choice!

thebookwormchronicles said...

I haven't read this but I have seen the film which I thought was great. Reading your thoughts and reasons sounds like this could definitely be a classic in the future. I really want to do the meme this month. I need a bit more thinking time though!

Anne Bennett said...

A wonderful book indeed. I read it long enough ago I am ready for a reread of it.

Jillian said...

I've thought about this quite a bit, what it takes for a book to be called a 'classic.' Your definition is pretty much on point. I agree that The Book Thief will be a classic for many generations of readers!

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Lois - Great minds think alike :)

Trisha - Thanks!

thebookwormchronicles - I thought they did a great job with the movie, but it's even more powerful as a book!

Anne - I loved rereading it last year!

Jillian - I think there are classics that have stood the test of time because they represent a period of time or a specific people. But for most classics I think they truly have to resonate with people no matter what time period they are read in.

Lynn Gerrard said...

I agree that The Book Thief was one of the most uniquely written books I've read, and I would agree it could be considered a Classic. Thanks for making me remember that book.

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Lynn - Uniquely written, that's a great way to phrase it!

majoringinliterature said...

The Book Thief is a really fascinating book. I definitely think it will remain influential; as you said, it taps into a great many themes which have continued relevance.

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

majoringinliterature - Those are the books that I think always lasts the longest. Also I think war is going to be around forever, unfortunately, so many but the deals with that is the topic tends to still have relevance.